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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at his daily coronavirus press briefing on Thursday night unveiled a partnership with clothing brand Reformation to organize the city’s garment manufacturers to make protective masks.
The L.A. Protects initiative will leverage the city’s manufacturing facilities and garment workers not to make the medical-grade N95 masks so desperately needed by health-care workers, but rather protective masks for other essential workers on the front lines, including grocery clerks and food delivery people.
Reformation has been deputized to recruit and organize other L.A. garment and apparel producers to supply materials and support manufacturing the protective equipment at scale. It will lend expertise in garment and apparel production, providing quality assurance checks and building out funding and support for the initiative through sales to essential businesses.
The goal is to produce five million masks, Garcetti said, adding that manufacturers interested in participating, and businesses in need of protective masks, can go to laprotects.org for more information. The web site has also open-sourced specs on how to make the masks and safety information for manufacturing.
“Angelenos step up and we’re so grateful to Reformation,” he added, noting that the initiative will help get some people back to work, including many lower-income immigrants in

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The rise of the modern woman killed traditional “day-to-night” clothing

The rise of the modern woman killed traditional “day-to-night” clothing


The rise of the modern woman killed traditional “day-to-night” clothing

If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, then you’re probably familiar with versatile clothing that retailers described as “day-to-night.” As its name suggests, this was clothing designed to be suitable for both work and happy hour. It was something that was deemed as professional, yet was cool enough to wear to drinks and date night. Even though this term still exists today, the evolution of professional dress and social lives has had an effect on the desk-to-dinner style trends that once reigned in department stores.  

In the last decade, women have dialed down their traditional workwear, so this advertorial concept completely shifted. Gone are the days where fashion editors wore heels to work every day. Now, dad sneakers and mom jeans are more acceptable in the workplace than ever before.

Furthermore, as women dominate the workforce and move away from wearing traditional business attire, we’re seeing that they’re dressing in a way that’s borderline street-style by integrating trendy pieces, such as platform boots, with office-appropriate pieces, like pantsuits. This eliminates the outdated concept of day-to-night clothing entirely.

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“In an effort to create a more laid-back atmosphere, companies have ditched the ‘pantyhose’ rule and allowed for a more casual and comfortable look. This, in turn, has made it easier for women to transition their looks from daytime office to nighttime,” says stylist Molly Carrey. “Bodysuits are all the rage right now because they can easily be paired with anything from skirts to denim to wide-leg pants. A simple black bodysuit and high-waisted pants can effortlessly work for meetings or martinis.”

Biker shorts, too, are designed for the woman who exercises in the A.M., throws on a blazer to work during the day, and puts on booties at night. 

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Jumpsuits are another example of what CFDA member and fashion designer Regina Kravitz considers the perfect “flex-styled” clothing. She says that women who flex their lives even more nowadays (as partners, mothers, and workers) can benefit from a wardrobe that caters to their disparate needs. Plus, these functional pieces are designed for the modern woman who is possibly less tolerant of uncomfortable clothing in the same way that she’s less tolerant of toxic workplace masculinity.  

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Of course, it all really depends on your industry’s dress code. “There is no such thing as ‘casual Friday’ anymore, as every day is casual Friday in may work places. Unless you’re working in a strict law office, financial firm, or corporate business headquarters, most likely you are able to wear jeans on a regular basis,”explains Andrea Seemayer, founder and CEO of A.Lynn Designs. The same goes for date night, too.

“Just last weekend I stopped into the famed Chateau Marmont in Hollywood for a cocktail, and 90% of the guests were in denim and some even in baseball caps. The overall dress code, nationwide, is much more casual than it was 10 years ago…even five years ago! It is much simpler to create day-to-night looks now, being that you do not have to change much to cater to either event,” she adds.

 

Switching from flats to heels is an age-old trick that won’t let up anytime soon. But hey, at least, we’re wearing sneakers in the workplace.

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The phrase “out with the old and in with the new” is not as applicable in an era where fashion brands are trying to move toward sustainability. Sustainability was the buzzword on the fashion industry’s lips for 2019, and thus came the rising trend of repurposing clothing and fabric. Off-White and Louis Vuitton creative director Virgil Abloh has even predicted the death of streetwear caused by a new preference for vintage.

With over an estimated 150 billion new clothing items produced each year, about 2.5 billion pounds end up in landfills. A total of 2.1 million tons in CO2 emissions are also produced by the fashion industry each year, making fashion’s environmental footprint not so pretty. Those who love fashion and want to be eco-conscious are taking a different approach to producing clothes.

MI Leggett is the founder and designer of Official Rebrand, a clothing brand made up of upcycled and repurposed clothing. Leggett identifies as gender non-binary and used to have trouble finding clothes to help them express themselves. They began creating their own clothes and received positive feedback from other queer people via Instagram. This inspired them to try and do this on a larger scale, and thus their brand was born.

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Adidas will start selling a new collection designed with singer Beyonce on Jan. 18 in a relaunch of her Ivy Park brand that includes shoes, clothes and accessories, mostly in maroon, orange and cream. Adidas described the collection, which features on the cover of January’s Elle magazine, as gender-neutral. It includes jumpsuits, cargo pants, hoodies…
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The Duchess of Sussex is designing a workwear collection for charity in partnership with her friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo.

In the video posted to Instagram StoriesMeghan Markle surprises the women from Smart Works, one of her patron organizations, which helps women prepare for the workplace, per aol.com.

The video sees Markle hugging the women, who appear to be her photoshoot models. She also helps with on-set styling, and evaluating photos.

“Sneak peek at the new Smart Works charity capsule collection shoot, ahead of the autumn launch,” Markle captioned the Instagram Story.

For each item purchased in the workwear collection, one will be donated to a woman in need via Smart Works.
The organization offers unemployed women coaching and clothing for their next job interview.

The Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram Stories to share a couple of behind-the-scenes video clips from the photoshoot. The last caption in the story reads: “An initiative supporting the Smart Works collective which will equip women entering the workforce with the key workwear essentials they need,” she wrote.

The line of workwear will become available later this year.

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Duchess Meghan Markle has confirmed that she will release her own clothing line later this year, as part of a partnership with Misha Nonoo, fashion brand Jigsaw, and British retail stores Marks & Spencer and John Lewis.

The collection is for a good cause too — for every item of clothing purchased, another will be donated to charity.

Markle announced the news in British Vogue’s upcoming September issue, which she guest-edited. Proceeds of the collection will go to Smart Works, Markle’s charity that helps unemployed women get back into the workplace, Business Insider reports.

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“For each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity,” the duchess writes in Vogue. “Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”

We’re sure Meghan’s collection will be a huge success, as nearly every item she wears sells out within hours of her being photographed wearing them. It’s what royal watchers have dubbed “The Meghan Markle Effect.”

Vogue editor Anna Wintour once called Markle’s style “inspiring.”

Markle declined to pose for her guest-edit Vogue issue because she thought it would have been “a boastful thing to do for this particular project,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful.

“In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project,” he added.

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For all the ways fashion has tried to market feminism, it remains a male-dominated industry. According to a 2018 report by McKinsey, less than half of big-name brands are designed by women. “The Glass Runway,” as McKinsey calls it, gets worse when you learn just 14 percent of those companies have female executives.

For all the good screaming about statistics will do, perhaps shoppers can best support women in fashion by taking out their credit cards. There is no shortage of boutiques in New York. Some of the best and most dynamic are, go figure, owned by women. See the 10 very best below.

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How To Wear Tailored Clothing To A Casual Office

In the 1980s, there was a section of the American book publishing industry dedicated to telling men how to “dress for success.” This was the last era of professional dress codes before things got muddled by the casual Friday movement. As such, there was still room for titles telling men how to wear a coat and tie, presumably so they could get ahead in their professional and private life. The ‘80s was when Alan Flusser, today considered the Godfather of Menswear, published his first two titles: Making the Man and Clothes and Man. Similarly, Charles Hix taught young men how to put together a coat-and-tie rig through his guide Dressing Right. And John Molloy helped popularize the idea of “power dressing” when he wrote his bestseller, Dress for Success.

No one writes books like that anymore, mainly because office dress codes are too open, varied, and nuanced for anyone to dictate from a mountaintop how people should dress for work. In a 1986 article in The New York Times, titled “Admit It or Not, Dress Codes are a Fact of Life,” Molloy is quoted as saying: “people who wear gold chains won’t give their money to people who wear gold chains.” Yet, earlier this year, the top brass at Goldman Sachs told employees they were joining the Silicon Valley crowd by allowing its 36,000 employees to shed their suits.

For men who still like to wear tailored clothing, this provides a problem: how do you dress in a way that you want without standing out? When everyone else is in jeans and t-shirts, how do you wear a tailored jacket without having people regularly ask why you’re so dressed up?

The good news is that, according to social psychologists, we often overestimate how much others notice our actions and appearance. In a 2000 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, three researchers published the results from an experiment they conducted at Cornell University, where they made students wear an embarrassing Barry Manilow t-shirt and estimate how much they thought others noticed. On average, people predicted half the room could remember the embarrassing visage that graced their body. But, when surveyed, only about 25% of people did. Psychologists call this particular anxiety the “spotlight effect.” In other words, the spotlight effect makes you feel like there’s a spotlight on you because you’re self-obsessing. But ironically, others are too self-obsessed to notice you.

 


















 

Still, that doesn’t assuage most people’s fears, and many people still have to operate within the real constraints of workplace expectations. It’s impossible to say how anyone given person should solve this problem, but I particularly like Ben’s approach. Ben’s a lawyer in San Francisco, one of the most dressed-down cities in the United States (home to Levi’s and the hoodie-clad tech crowd). A few years ago, his office ditched traditional attire in favor of “Valley casual.” “Most men in my office wear jeans, sneakers, and collared shirts,” he says. “Of course, it’s a law office, so people wear suits and sport coats when they’re going to court, but I’m usually more dressed up than others.”

A lot of what Ben wears won’t be news to long-time readers of Put This On. To stay on the slightly more casual side of tailored, he wears sport coats with wool trousers, rather than dark worsted suits. Ben often forgoes the tie and wears slightly more casual shoes such as lace-up derbies. Instead of stark white dress shirts, he prefers light blue (solid or striped). His outfits are also reasonably subdued — there aren’t any wacky accessories, loud patterns, or unusual combinations. His trousers are typically mid-gray or tan; his jackets blue or brown.

For men who are just starting to wear tailored clothing, there’s always the temptation to make an outfit pop in some way, so they don’t look like the average corporate drone. But a lot of what’s unique about Ben’s clothes is the cut. The shoulders are soft and slightly sloping. His jackets have a bit of fullness across the shoulders and chest, while also tapering down to the waist. The quarters — the front part of the coat below the buttoning point — nicely sweep back without looking exaggerated. His collar points are also long enough to tuck underneath his lapels, and the overall proportions are well balanced. The clothes as a whole look stylish while also being professional enough for a conservative environment.

For client-facing work, Ben wears suits in navy birdseye, faint glen plaids, and open-weave tropical wools. His ensembles here are a bit more traditional — and perhaps easier to pull off in law, consulting, and financial sectors — but the combinations come together well because he has a good sense of taste. “I’ve built a tie collection that allows me to wear things with either suits or sport coats,” he says. “For suits, I mostly wear ties that are made from silk twill, Macclesfield print, or ancient madder. Wool challis and wool-cashmere ties go with suits or sport coats, pretty much only in the fall and winter. Chunkier wool ties or ones with a more casual pattern only get worn with sport coats. The same happens in spring-summer: linen, cotton, and shantung ties with sport coats, then conservative patterns with suits.”

I ask Ben if he gets comments about his clothes while at work, and if so, how does he deal with them. “I’m sure I stand out in the office,” he admits. “But I’m not particularly sensitive about whether people think I’m overdressed. I recognize there’s a social function to dress — I try to dress within the rules of my office, but I’m also aware that I’m a bit overdressed relative to the norms. Mostly, I just try to be nice and respectful of all of my coworkers. I hope that they’ll just accept that my deviations from the norms are eccentricity. I’m more concerned about whether my clothing is making other people uncomfortable, rather making me uncomfortable. Really, people only say anything when they think I look particularly nice. I otherwise don’t get a lot of comments about my clothes.”

 












Ben’s Suggestions for Building a Tailored Wardrobe

It’s easier for Ben to wear tailored clothing since he’s a lawyer, even if he’s in a casual city. You’ll have to find the boundaries at your office, but if you’re willing to be a little more dressed up than most, we also don’t think it’ll be the end of the world. You may get some comments at first, but people will get used to it — perhaps even appreciate it. If you’re looking to build a tailored wardrobe, here are Ben’s suggestions:

Get Seasonal Fabrics

“For spring-summer, I like sport coats in wool-silk-linen blends, which often have an interesting texture. Pure linen can also be great, as are open-weave tropical wools. Certain tropical wools, such as Fresco, can be used for BlazerSuits, where you have a dark suit that can also be used as a sport coat. For shirts, lightweight cotton and linen-blends are useful for hot days. I also like long-sleeved polos and popovers.

My fall-winter sport coats tend to be either tweed or a wool-cashmere blend. The tweeds are the real kind — prickly — but also come in the worsted variety that some people call faux tweed (a worsted fabric with a tweed check pattern). Trousers are usually flannel, cavalry twill, or a heavier worsted with texture. Shirts are brushed cotton flannel or oxford.

I’ll just confess to having a lot of pocket squares — they’re fun! — and so have some that are also seasonally split. The spring-summer ones tend to be more brightly colored and have warmer shades, which I find to complement the warmer and brighter colors of other spring-summer pieces.”

Keep Things Harmonious

“I try to keep things fairly conservative and harmonious. That generally means:

  • Varying the scale of the patterns when they’re close to each other, that way you don’t get a moiré effect.
  • Try to keep to two or three patterns, at most. Avoid four patterns unless you’re feeling really confident or the fourth pattern is extremely subtle.
  • Colors should complement each other and should be similar in terms of warmth and coolness. Although warmer and cooler colors can look great together in certain cases — use your eye.
  • Consider your textures and try to not mix things that are too similar. This works even for more formal combinations that involve a worsted business suit: the silk of the tie and a white linen square are different textures from the wool of the suit. But you could also wear a wool challis tie and a silk square and have a range of textures.

That said, try to make it interesting yourself and feel free to experiment if the situation allows it.”

Develop Your Eye

“Look at photos of people who are considered well-dressed. Find a system for saving images that appeal to you and return to those photos every once in a while. Eventually, even if you can’t articulate the reasons, you’ll begin to recognize more easily what you like and don’t.

At the same time, try stuff on. Try to find pieces that provide you with the silhouette and fit that you like seeing on others. Don’t buy too much at once, but don’t be afraid to try something, as long as you can truly afford it. If it doesn’t achieve what you want after you’ve worn it for a while, sell it or give it away. It’s a process of self-education in which you’re teaching yourself both to recognize what you like and discovering what’s available in the market that will make you look the way you like.”

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Eva Marcille and more celebrities are supporting a clothing line which has a great mission. The Shade Room detailed more about this and it’s genuinely uplifting. Check out their post below.

Here’s what TSR posted: ‘Our friends over at @SupportBlackCollege, a clothing line with a sole mission to uplift, inspire and encourage others to Support HBCU’s are doing a $ 40 hoodie sale on their word famous hoodies! Celebrities such as Teyana Taylor, Missy Elliot, Chris Brown Chris Paul and many more have been spotted rocking the brand! We’re telling you right now that once they’re gone, they’re GONE! Head on over to www.SupportBlackColleges.org and get yours now!#SupporBlackCollegesPartner.’

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As expected the post triggered a massive debate in the comments about racism, white supremacy and more issues.

Someone did not get into these serious issues and just said that they love Eva: ‘I think Eva is the prettiest model ever and her personality🔥🔥🔥🔥 I love her.’

Another person posted ‘I think this is smart. A really good friend of mine graduated from a historically black college, but because of the lack of support and name recognition, many jobs have been denying her. The support will put names of these universities out there more for certain fields to higher. Or at least compare the academic levels.’

One fan made their point and said ‘Couldn’t imagine if a white blog posted something like this in support of White Colleges. I notice how some of us want equality, and some are demanding, “black-owned everything.” Sounds great, but it’s like reverse racism to me.😩

The comments continued, and you can see more in the original post.

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David Beckham’s new Stone Roses clothing range includes T-shirts costing ten times more than near-identical designs

DAVID Beckham’s new clothing range includes items costing ten times that of near-identical clobber.

We revealed in January how prices in his fashion designer wife Victoria’s new range had been hugely hiked over similar products.

Footie legend David Beckham has been slammed over his super-expensive Stone Roses T-shirts

Her former England football captain husband, 43, also launched his own fashion collaboration yesterday with the Stone Roses.

It includes several £95 T-shirts with the band’s cover artwork on the front, including their single Waterfall.

However retailers are flogging near-exact designs at 1,000 per cent cheaper, with some £9.95 on Amazon.

Other designs in the collaboration with Kent and Curwen — of which Beckham is a business partner — include a £75 Stone Roses hat, £155 sweatshirt and £450 jacket.

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The enormous mark-up was justified, according to Beckham, because they feature Kent and Curwen’s logo.

It comes after a Reebok collaboration with ex-Spice Girl Victoria, 44, included a pair of jogging bottoms costing £219. A similar pair from the sportswear brand costs £21.48.

Also in her collection, £99.95 was the price for a beanie hat – with Victoria and Reebok’s new logo emblazoned on the front – while a plain white T-shirt retailed at £63.


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Amazon, the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid of modern American capitalism, made a lot of news last year as it prepared to take over the top spot in American clothing retail. Hands were wrung on behalf of brick-and-mortar shops (that is, stores with physical retail locations) everywhere. It seemed logical that what Amazon had once done to book retail, and arguably in many other categories, it was doing again with clothing — that is, put nearly everyone out of business.

And Amazon’s business model indeed seems to spell trouble for many traditional clothing stores. Choices as far as you can scroll; an effectively limitless stock room; free 2-day shipping. Low prices, in part due to economies of scale. Instant, accessible ratings and reviews for products from other shoppers (because we trust them as much as our own friends).

The knee-jerk defenses of traditional clothing retail sound familiar. Online, you can’t replicate the experience of browsing casually through a shop and finding something rad via serendipity. Online, no sales associate can provide expertise or guide you to something you might like. Online, you’re not shopping. You’re just buying.

And it seems to be true that people are more comfortable buying from large online stores than most people expected a decade ago. On a recent episode of Jeremy Kirkland’s podcast Blamo!, Mr. Porter Managing Director Toby Bateman said that even in 2010, “There was a perception that guys were never going to do that [buy luxury clothing online], they needed to touch things, they needed to try things on.” Mr. Porter’s parent company, Yoox/Net a Porter, has grown sales annually and was taken over by luxury group Richemont in 2018.

And there’s the rub, really. Amazon isn’t coming for your favorite menswear shop (although Mr. Porter might be). Amazon’s top selling items in apparel are underwear and socks — the fashion equivalent of commodities. Amazon seems to be soaking up the sales of everyday goods lost by stores that were already losing, and where you, likely, don’t shop much, even if much of America does: for years, the top clothing retailers have been Macy’s and Walmart.

Plus, some of those benefits that bring shoppers to Amazon? They’re hollow. Amazon’s search results are often a disastrous list of not-quite-what-you’re-looking-for. Many products on the site are sold by third-party sellers that don’t necessarily have the capacity or logistical mastery of Amazon proper. Amazon’s customer reviews remain polluted with bogus content.

And their prices can be good, but are variable, and in some cases go up when a product is scarce — it’s always worth looking around. Lastly, unlike a place like Mr. Porter, Amazon doesn’t have a brand — it’s an infinite, crowded bazaar where weirdly specific print tshirts sit on the rack next to (used?) $ 5,000 Kiton suits.

It’s a tech truism that markets are disrupted when someone figures out how to remove friction from the customer experience — make it easier to get a ride, for example. Or maybe remove the need to actually interact with a sales associate. But for now, Amazon’s clothing market has too many friction points to attract customers who care much about what they’re buying.

 

 

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The Hypocrisy of Justin Bieber’s Boring, Beige Clothing Line

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According to Justin Bieber, the kids are, like, all right, I guess.

At 24 years-old, the Canadian singer has joined the ranks of performers like Kanye West, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, who all founded clothing lines.

Bieber’s take is called Drew House, and it dropped yesterday after months of hype and promotion on his own Instagram account. The first collection includes sweatshirts, t-shirts, corduroy pants, and a few button-ups, almost exclusively in varying shades of beige.

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Clothing Crease Tolerance Levels

My tolerance for creases is low. My style moniker is Urban Polish, and I take the polish part to heart. Outfit polish means different things to different people, but to me it’s about wearing great-fitting and well-pressed clothing that looks pristine. 

Compared to many of my friends, family and clients, my intolerance for outfit creases is extreme. Here are the lengths I go to prevent them. 

  • I re-press clean, folded wardrobe items if they look creased before wearing them.
  • I re-press a wardrobe item that I’ve worn already but can be worn again before it goes into the laundry.
  • I press all my clean jeans and flannel pyjamas after they’ve air-dried.
  • I press many of the items that come out of a suitcase wrinkled when I travel.
  • I repress a jacket or coat if it’s creased but doesn’t need a dry clean yet.
  • I send items to eco-friendly cleaners, where they are beautifully pressed. I take the items off the wire hangers and use our hangers so that they stay wrinkle-free.
  • I don’t overpack my storage spaces for wardrobe items. That way items have enough room to breathe and don’t get creased by being squashed into a too small a space.

Yes, I haul out the iron and ironing board frequently. Although I don’t enjoy ironing, being crease-free adds to the happiness factor of an outfit, and makes it worth the effort. I relax into the process and simply make ironing part of my dressing ritual.

Most importantly, I check how crease-resistant an item is BEFORE I purchase it. There is no point in going to the effort of being crease-free at the start of the day if I’m going to be a wrinkled war zone in half an hour. I scrunch the fabric of items on hangers before I commit to buying them to test how wrinkle-resistant they are. I do sit-down tests at home, wave my arms around, bend my elbows and knees, and look at how the fabric of the items handle movement. Items do not have to be completely wrinkle-free, but the fewer creases I can prevent upfront, the better.

100% Linen, viscose, rayon, and all sorts of cottons and wools are the worse crease offenders. That’s why I’m not opposed to fabric blends that make natural fibres more wrinkle-resistant and robust. That said, I do have some 100% cotton, wool and rayon items that stay fairly crease-free throughout the day.

This brings me to my four-year-old toffee-toned Club Monaco trench coat. It fits like a dream and is beautifully made. The fabric is luxe and feels good on the body. It looks pristine and professional at the start of the day after I’ve given it a press, but wrinkles a lot during the day. I can’t wear it twice without a press in between. It’s a high-maintenance trench coat, and that’s why I don’t travel with it, or wear it too often. But I can’t pass it on just yet because it’s gorgeous. Ideally, it needs to go to a new owner who is more tolerant of creases than I am.

I have clients and friends with a very high tolerance for wrinkles. In fact, some don’t even notice them. Many never iron or steam anything, and creases don’t bother them at all. Or the creases bother them, but not enough to haul out the iron or steamer. Some press items after they’ve been laundered and leave it at that. And others are as extreme as I am, freshly pressing many items before wearing them.

There is no right or wrong way to feel about clothing creases. It is simply a personal preference. What is your crease-tolerance level for clothing, and how do you manage it?

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Link Love: Clothing in Politics

Jess Cartner-Morley analyzes how Michelle Obama’s style has changed during this new chapter of her life.

An interesting article about Meredith Koop, who spent many years in the White House working with the former first lady on her wardrobe, and now continues to do so for the book tour.

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Jessikams recently rediscovered this series of “sixty second styling” videos on Refinery29: “So helpful, like having a friend’s older sister tell you how to go from geek to cool kid.”

We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm. Rachylou thought this was an interesting article.

Suntiger enjoyed this TED talk on lessons from fashion’s free culture.

kkards wanted to share this article about how Cambridge Analytica used fashion tastes to identify right-wing voters.

Suz found some fashionable outfits from The New Yorker for those like her who work from home.

Fashintern wonders what you think of this Huffington Post piece critiquing a recent Wall Street Journal article about what to wear when you work from home.

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Which Clothing Tags Do You Remove?

I just got a McQueen scarf from Yoox on deep discount (pictured), and when it arrived I had the usual “ugh, tag” reaction. On really fine fabrics, trying to remove the clothing label can sometimes feel like a game of Operation! So, inspired by that thought, here’s today’s topic: What clothing labels do you remove? Which ones do you leave on even though you know you should remove them? On a related note, are there any clothing brands you specifically hate the tags or clothing labels of — or buy them because you prefer their clothing labels?

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What Clothing Labels You Should Remove

I’ve always heard that you should remove the labels on scarves (certainly the care labels, and possibly the brand label like the one pictured) but that you could choose to keep the label affixed and just fold the scarf so the tag is hidden.

Remove the label that comes on the sleeve of your winter coat. (Here’s a fabulous stock photo example of the winter coat sleeve label, which I wasn’t willing to pay $ 175 to use to illustrate this post!) 

On a related note, as we’ve noted in the past, you should rip any vents that are sewn shut with an X (such as on blazers or skirts), and you may also find it easy to rip the pockets for pants and blazers that are sewn shut. (If you can see the lining of the pocket on the inside of the pant or blazer but can’t access it, that’s an indication that it’s meant to be ripped.)

Brands with Itchy Clothing Labels

Personally, I don’t have an issue with itchy clothing labels, but I’ve started noticing them because one of my sons is sometimes sensitive to them. I also remember that one of the female partners I worked with at my firm always wore Hermès scarves along her blazers in large part because she found the blazer collars to be itchy. So I’m curious to see what people say! In general, the places we find eczema-friendly clothing for kids tend to have friendly tags — for example, H&M Conscious and Hanna Andersson — and I’ve found Eileen Fisher clothing to have pretty comfort-friendly labels.

Readers, over to you: What clothing labels do you always remove? Do you ever find clothing labels to be itchy or annoying — and if so, do you avoid that brand in the future? 

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Ezra Miller’s Puffer Coat Dress Shows How Exciting Gender-Neutral Clothing Can Be

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From the moment Ezra Miller stepped onto the red carpet for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald last week, the actor’s Moncler puffer jacket became a sartorial Rorschach test.

Some said Miller’s ribbed black cocoon turned him into a human sex toy. Dr. Who fans saw a dapper Dalek in Miller. A case could be made for Miller looking like robot actor at a fitting for a futuristic production of Henry VIII. Or even a slightly styled-up Handmaid.

One tweet perhaps summed it up best: “Ezra Miller dressed like a sassy sleeping bag last night & somehow managed to pull it off.”

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I was perusing Nordstrom Rack and T.J.Maxx recently for the first time in a long time, and I was thinking to myself that when you’re shopping in the stores — particularly discount stores — there are a separate set of rules than if you’re shopping online, to be sure, but also if you’re hunting in […]
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